Chef Jaymz Millar, left, watches as Chef David Nurse stirs a pot of soup at the Penticton Soupateria. (Steve Kidd/Western News)

Chef Jaymz Millar, left, watches as Chef David Nurse stirs a pot of soup at the Penticton Soupateria. (Steve Kidd/Western News)

Souper Sunday raises Soupateria profile

The competition pits local chefs against each other to make soup for the those in need.

It’s the souperbowl of soups.

Souper Sunday was back at the Soupateria, pitting local chefs against each other for the tastiest soup.

The chefs, accompanied by student sous chefs from the Penticton Secondary Culinary Arts program, are given 2.5 hours on a Sunday morning to create a 25 litre pot of soup for the 150 diners who daily attend the Soupateria for lunch, which are then judged by by a panel of celebrity judges before everybody pitches in to help serve the soup to the public, who also get to vote for their favourite.

Sunday saw Chef Jaymz Millar of the Naramata Pub with an Italian Wedding soup, up against Chef David Nurse of the Pasta Factory with a Southwest black bean and steak soup.

Nurse’s hot thick soup, loaded with veggies and beef, turned out to be the winner of round one.

The contest has a number of goals, including raising awareness of the Penticton Soupateria and its role in our community, provide a daily hot lunch for those most in need in our community, encouraging volunteers to come forward and increasing awareness and acceptance of people in our community who need the Soupateria.

As delicious as the soups sound, the intended beneficiaries of Souper Sunday are the Soupateria clients; the general public is asked not to try to attend since that would limit the lunch available for those in need.